Even The Most Successful Women Pay A Big Price In Pandemic

The unequal division of household work leads to the "mom penalty." For highly educated, high-income women, it could mean losing promotions, future earning power and roles as future leaders.
Joyce Chen and her children, Campbell, 7, Bryn, 12, and Emerson, 10. Source: Jessica Phelps for NPR

Joyce Chen had big plans for this year. She was working on multiple research projects with an eye on the prize: a promotion to full professor at Ohio State University.

That's when the coronavirus pandemic hit. It put the brakes on four years of hard work as an associate professor. And now she wonders if her promotion will happen as she had hoped for next year.

Chen is part of a of accomplished women who are tenured professors in economics. But she has now joined millions of working moms who have sidelined their work in the pandemic,

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